Xiaoqing Liu

xiaoqingdesign@gmail.com

www.xiaoqingjewellery.com

 

 

CONTRAST AND FUSION

The value and appeal of precious metals to consumers ebbs and flows over time, the materials endure but tastes change. Due to China’s generation shift over the last two decades, people’s recognition and perceptions of precious materials have changed. This collection explores the application of the Chinese traditional material white Jade in jewellery. Substituting white agate for such a precious jade allowed the exploration of textures, transparency

and the qualities of solid and liquid within jewellery language. The inspiration comes from the observation of different materiality of solid and liquid. White agates are cut round in form, creating a translucent and soft atmosphere, co- opting the manufacturing language of a traditional Jade cutting factory. Blackened silver imitates the fluidity of liquid through waves of different directional filaments demonstrating a contrasting heavy and tough mood.